Mill Valley, CA 94941-2696
- Near Point Reyes, a few miles north of San Francisco.
- National Park
- $3 per day
This is the best tree-lover's monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world, declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods.
Until the 1800s, many northern California coastal valleys were covered with coast redwood trees similar to those now found in Muir Woods National Monument. The forest along Redwood Creek in today's Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to.
By 1905 it was one of the last uncut stands of old-growth Redwood.
Today, Muir Woods Canyon is a place to walk and enjoy the forest. The primary trails along the canyon floor are level and paved. Bridges along Redwood Creek create leisurely 1/2 hour, 1 hour, or 1 1/2 hour loops. All of these walks take you on a journey beneath 1000 year old old-growth coast redwood trees.
The park is open from 8 am to sunset, including holidays.
Approximate closing times for the year:
Last Sunday of January - 6 pm
Second Sunday of March - 8 pm
Third Sunday of Sept - 7 pm
Second Sunday of Oct - 6 pm
First Sunday of Nov - 5 pm